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Irving-less Celtics have no trouble with Bulls

Irving-less Celtics have no trouble with Bulls

When Irving approached Cavs owner Dan Gilbert and asked to be traded so he could get out of James' shadow, it set in motion a series of events that couldn't have been imagined.

Jaylen Brown scored 21 points, and the Celtics pounded the Bulls, 105-89, on Monday night even though their All-Star guard sat out because of a sore left knee.

Since being traded, Irving has guided the Celtics towards the top of the Eastern Conference, as they now sit in second and two games behind the Toronto Raptors in first, while the Cavaliers, on the other hand, have struggled to adapt to life without their former point guard.

Even without Irving, the Celtics can handle a team that wants to lose on objective.

The Celtics bid their hosts farewell by scoring the next 19 points, needing just 3:47 to do it. I'll bet on the team that is trying to win. Brown had a trey, a dunk and a three-point play in the run, and Horford stole a Kris Dunn pass and roared in for a fast-break jam to cap the run and give the C's a 26-5 lead less than eight minutes after the opening tip. The Celts fumbled their way through the frame with six turnovers and 20 points, but they still increased the lead to 55-29. Given that he underwent surgery on the same knee after fracturing his kneecap during the 2015 Finals, Irving wants to play it safe.

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"It doesn't sound like it's a long-term concern, but certainly, it could last through the week", Stevens said.

If you needed any more confirmation, Irving was very, very happy to be traded to Boston.

"I felt good", said Larkin, a DNP/coach's decision Saturday in Houston.

As two teammates or even "brothers", left the floor that night, you just knew in your heart that they'd be back together to face-off once again against their rivals, the hated Warriors. but as we learned in July, Kyrie wasn't having any of that nonsense.

The Cavaliers had to completely transform their team on trade deadline day to get their season back on track, while Irving and the Celtics, on the other hand, have been coasting for the majority of the season, with little blips here and there.